Way Stations In Space
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- United World Films, Inc
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- 2005-05-03 18:40:49
Subject: Somewhat behind its own times.
Subject: Wait a minute...
Subject: Way Stations in Space
The two worse errors : rocket planes (they showed an X-15) were carried up in a plane to escape (much of) the drag of the Earth's atmosphere, not the Earth's gravity and the gravitational acceleration of a space station is still directed towards the center of the Earth, etc. - the direction is not changed by motion.
But the engineering is pretty correct for 1961. This movie pretty much shows how NASA planned to get to the Moon before Kennedy announced the goal of doing it during the 1960's. Since 9 years wasn''t enough time to build all of these pieces, we decided to go straight to the Moon with Apollo, and the space station and shuttle plans were shelved. It is interesting to think what would have happened if he hadn't said "within this decade"; we might have had space stations in the mid-1960's and a space shuttle by 1970 or so.
Subject: What are you doing¡¦ Daaaaave¡¦
Subject: Pleasure for your eyes
the film is viewing pleasure as we embrace our eyes from begin to end into this space lounge travel
I ll rate it 5stars
totally worth the download
Subject: Mars Needs Women
The film starts off with a curious hold over from the 1950s science films; two young children ask (via an all knowing narrator) their uncle, a rocket scientist, about rockets. This leads into a discussion on how rockets work and why they need to be in stages, first using the example of an X-15 rocket plane carried by a B-52.
From there, the design and building of a space station are discussed, primarily in the context of using it as a means to go further into space using animations and models. This was the concept used in the film 2001: A Space Oddessy, and many of the ideas from the Kubrick film are first articulated in this film. The space station is mainly seen as a stopping off point for further destinations. It features a circular design to try to simulate gravity via centripetal force. The interiors are white and anaseptic. It also talks about the problems of landing which the narrator states "haven't been solved yet."
From there, the movie talks about landing on the moon and creating a base there. While many of the issues discussed did come to pass during the real moon landing, there is something oddly 1950s sci-fi about the design of the rocket that lands. This is despite real rockets, such as the Titan (shown briefly at the end of the film) that were existance at the time. There was also mention of using the moon as a base to launch missions further into space, namely Mars. It does hold out that other planets might exist, but they are too far away using the known rocket technology of the time.
At the end, the narrator sums up the key points again, repeating many of the main points, but given the complex nature for such a young age group, this is not surprising. Overall, this is great mix of visionary filming and naive charm. Very recommended.
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